Sunday, July 31, 2011

Our Sunday chat with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda!


We spoke with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda about the stories on the front page.

On the domestic side, Pres BO faces three challenges:

1) He did not present a plan or take a leadership role on the debt ceiling debate;

2) He got terrible economic news about the US economy; and,

3) He is heading the wrong way on all of the presidential approval polls.

On the foreign policy side, he faces challenges in Libya, Syria, the violence in Iraq and an emboldened Iran.

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Happy # 70 to Paul Anka, great vocalist and songwriter!

Wonder how many people know that Paul Anka was born in Canada? 

Paul is from Ottawa and enjoyed big hits by the time that he was a teenager. 

He is one of the few pop artists who had Top 10 songs in the 1950s, 1960's & 1970's!  Who else but Elvis can say that? 

His songs were very romantic and catchy. 

They were the kinds of songs that filled Top 40 play lists of AM radio stations.  I'm sure that lots of our parents have Anka 45's among their belongings and souvenirs.

I learned in the 1970's that Paul Anka composed "My Way" and several TV songs, such as The Tonight Song theme song!  How would you like to collect those royalties?

The first video is "Diana", his first big international hit in 1957 and pop classic:

"I'm so young and you're so old This, my darling I've been told
I don't care just what they say 'Cause forever I will pray
You and I will be as free As the birds up in the trees
Oh, please, stay by me, Diana

Thrills I get when you hold me close Oh, my darling, you're the most
I love you but do you love me Oh Diana, can't you see
I love you with all my heart And I hope we will never part
Oh, please, stay with me, Diana

Oh my darlin', oh my lover Tell me that there is no other
I love you with my heart
Oh-oh, oh-oh Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh
Only you can take my heart Only you can tear it apart
When you hold me in your loving arms
I can feel you giving all your charms
Hold me darling, ho-ho-hold me tight
Squeeze me baby with a-all your might
Oh, please, stay by me Diana
Oh, please, Diana Oh, please, Diana
Oh, please, Diana......."


Like Elvis, Anka appeared in a few movies.  This is "Girl's town".  I accidentally caught it one night that I was fighting allergies and couldn't fall to sleep.  It was not a good movie but this is a good song:

"When somebody leaves you That's the time to cry
When you know you're lonely You're not the one and only
Who will cry 

When your heart is broken That's the time to cry
When you know she's left you You'll know that she has left you
So you can cry

Happiness is what I long for Loneliness is why I cry
For you have made my heart a slave And now it's up to you
When somebody leaves you it's the time to cry
When you know she's left you You'll know that she has left you
So you can cry....."


In the 1970's, Anka had a nice comeback.  He recorded several hits, including "Having my baby", a song that fathers could relate to:




"Havin' my baby
What a lovely way of sayin' How much you love me
Havin' my baby
What a lovely way of sayin' What you're thinkin' of me
I can see it, face is glowin'
I can see in your eyes I'm happy you know it
That you're havin' my baby 

You're the woman I love
And I love what it's doin' to you
Havin' my baby
You're a woman I love
And I love what's goin' through you

The need inside you I see it showin'
Whoa, the seed inside ya Baby, do you feel it growin'
Are you happy you know it 

That you're Havin' my baby
I'm a woman in love And I love what it's doin' to me
Havin' my baby
I'm a woman in love And I love what's goin' through me

Didn't have to keep it Wouldn't put you through it
You could have swept it from your life
But you wouldn't do it No, you wouldn't do it

Havin' my baby (havin' my baby)
What a lovely way of sayin' How much you love me
[Havin' my baby (havin' my baby)
I'm a woman in love And I love what's goin' through me...."


It's hard to pick Anka's greatest ballad.  My guess is that "Put your head on my shoulder" is one of the Top 2 finalists:



"Put your head on my shoulder Hold me in your arms, baby
Squeeze me oh so tight Show me that you love me too

Put your lips next to mine, dear Won't you kiss me once, baby
Just a kiss goodnight, may be You and I will fall in love

People say that love's a game A game you just can't win
If there's a way I'll find it somebody
And then this fool with rush in

Put your head on my shoulder Whisper in my ear, baby
Words I want to hear Tell me, tell me that you love me too.

Put your head on my shoulder Whisper in my ear, baby
Words I want to hear, baby Put your head on my shoulder...."


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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Can any plan get the votes?



It's getting rather frustrating to watch the events in Washington.

The GOP House has passed a plan.  It forced legislators to vote "yes or no". 

The Senate Dems have killed the House version. 

Last, but not least, Pres BO continues to be the invisible man.

The ball is clearly in the Dems' court now.  We eagerly wait for their plan!

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Debt ceiling debate? How about a debate about growth?

We will survive August 2nd.  One way or another, we will get a deal, find the money to pay our obligation and make it to the next deadline.

However, what about the 1.3% GDP growth figure that came out Friday morning?  How about a debate about policies that will actually grow this economy?

Another Friday and we get more bad news about the US economy:

"The U.S. economy stumbled badly in the first half of 2011 and came dangerously close to contracting in the January-March period, raising the risk of a recession if a stand-off over the nation's debt does not end quickly."

It is bad news all over the front pages: Consumer Sentiment Falls to Lowest Level Since March 2009

We are a country mired in a recession that was made worse by the stimulus of '09 and the uncertainly that followed BO-Care.

Yes, the stimulus did not stimulate and BO-Care is a huge burden on our country.

I hate to be be pessimistic but there is not a lot of room for optimism as long Pres BO is in The Oval Office.

More bad news: We just learned that the African American middle class is eroding because unemployment is going up and up and up in that community.

What a legacy for the first African American president.  Wonder how many African Americans voted for this when they gave him 90% of their votes?

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Is there really a summer place called "Temma Harbour"?


Many years ago, I was a teen boy with a crush on Mary Hopkin.  Of course, Mary was that very pretty girl from Wales who sang so many great songs.  She was also one of the first recording stars that scored big hits on the Beatles' Apple label!

I remember "Temma Harbour".  It was a song about a summer paradise that sounded awfully good on that Apple Records 45 rpm single that I used to play.

This week, I was driving around Dallas and I heard that song again. 

It reminded me of a question that I never got an answer to: Is Temma Harbour a real place in the planet?  

Is there such a beautiful spot?  What place was Mary Hopkin singing about?

I don't know the answer but spending a weekend in Temma Harbour sounds great when our afternoon temperatures go over 100!

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"In a giant lemon tree Alone my friend and me
We both climb down, and cross the sand
Until we reach the sea  
And the waves come higher, higher
As we sway and dance
And the way I feel, makes me want to take a chance.

Sing a song of Temma Harbour Climb a coconut tree
Catch a fish and light a fire Drink some wine with me
And if you say you like me And I like you
We can live and dream together 
 In a world that's new
Sunshine, sunshine,
Sunshine, sunshine, sun,sun,sun,sunshine

In a tree house here we lay Above the blue sea spray
The tide rolls in and on the wind
The guitars begin to play And the waves come higher, higher
As we sway and dance And the way I feel,
Makes me want to take a chance

Sing a song of Temma Harbour Climb a coconut tree
Catch a fish and light a fire Drink some wine with me
And if you say you like me And I like you
We can live and dream together
In a world that's new 
Sunshine, sunshine,
Sunshine, sunshine, sun,sun,sun,sunshine..."

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy birthday Beatriz






We take a minute to wish a very happy birthday to Beatriz.   We will probably spend the day with some friends. 

Last, but not least, I won't reveal her age because I don't want to sleep outside tonight! 

However, you can enjoy these pictures and travel with us over the years----single woman before we met, mother of 3 young boys in December '94, the 2008 Texas vs Texas A&M pre-game in College Station & the two of us again at the St Catherine's Valentine's Day dance in 2011!

On behalf of the boys, we say HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

Click here for "Happy birthday sweet sixteen" by Neil Sedaka.  

Beatriz is not 16 AND we she was not my "funny valentine" in school.  Actually, we went to different Catholic schools miles apart.  We are also really too young to remember this song.  However, we did enjoy dancing to this one at the St Catherine's Dance AND it is my favorite birthday song:


"Tra la-la-la-la la-la-la-la Happy birthday sweet sixteen
Tra la-la-la-la la-la-la-la Happy birthday sweet sixteen

Tonight's the night I've waited for

Because you're not a baby anymore
You've turned into the prettiest girl I've ever seen,
Happy birthday sweet sixteen

What happened to that funny face

My little tomboy now wears satin and lace
I can't believe my eyes you're just a teenage dream
Happy birthday sweet sixteen

When you were only six I was your big brother
Then when you were ten we didn't like each other
When you were thirteen You were my funny valentine
But since you've grown up Your future is sewn up
From now on you're gonna be mine, so

If I should smile with sweet surprise
It's just that you've grown up before my very eyes
You've turned into the prettiest girl I've ever seen
Happy birthday sweet sixteen....."


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

The DC "soap opera": John, Harry and the invisible BO!




We are watching a tragic show in Washington.  We are witnessing a "soap opera" and our financial future is on the line.

First, Speaker Boehner and the House GOP have actually voted for a plan.  We can agree or disagree with the plan.  However, there is a plan on the table.  The GOP House had the guts to vote for something!

Second, Senate Leader Reid has a plan but no one has really seen it.  Whatever happened to all of Pres BO's promises of open government? 

Third, we have the invisible man who gives speeches but does not present a plan.  Have you ever seen such a disgraceful performance from a president?

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AG Holder was either totally incompetent or aware that 2,000 high powered guns were sold to organized crime in Mexico!

How does this make you feel?

We read in The WSJ that we can't account for 1,000 weapons sold to cartels.

What happened to them?  Nobody knows, or nobody in the Obama administration remembers who approved a plan of this magnitude!

We also learned today ATF in the US did not tell ATF agents in Mexico about the plan:

"The report also reveals that Fast and Furious weapons were recovered at the scene of Sinaloa drug cartel members who allegedly kidnapped and killed the brother of Mexico’s former attorney general.

The report notes of Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez, a Mexican lawyer,

“On November 5, 2010, Mexican authorities found Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez’s body in a shallow grave.

147 Shortly after this grisly discovery, the Mexican federal police engaged in a shootout with drug cartel members, which resulted in the arrest of eight suspects.

Police seized sixteen weapons from the scene of the shootout.

Two of these weapons traced back to Operation Fast and Furious.”

The report also notes that a .50 caliber rifle used to shoot at a Mexican police helicopter was also linked to the operation."  (ABC)

We also learned today that 122 of the weapons that went south have now been found in Mexican crime scenes.

Add to this that The Sinaloa Cartel benefited from these guns and that AFT officials lied to Mexican authorities about the source of the guns!  (FOX)

Frankly, this is more than a mess!  This is a disgrace and someone has to pay the political price.

In my opinion, everything points to AG Holder, the man responsible for ATF. 

Option 1:  AG Holder did not know that his department was selling guns to Mexico.

Option 2:  AG Holder approved the program directly or indirectly. (ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious Info with White House)

It's time for Pres BO to ask for AG Holder's resignation.  He is either lying or way "in over his head"!

P.S. We spoke with Juan Hernandez about this on Wednesday night:


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Balance the Budget: Now is the Time

ARRA News Service - Tina Korbe, Hot Air said: When “Cut, Cap and Balance” failed the Senate and both chambers of Congress regrouped around new plans, the first to go of the three crucial elements in the House’s original plan was a balanced budget amendment. Neither of the deficit reduction plans presently on the table provides for the passage of a BBA. It’s also the element of CCB most frequently decried as unrealistic. But political lights from Thomas Jefferson to Ronald Reagan have called for such an amendment, as this video from GOP Labs illustrates.

Let President Obama say, “We don’t need more studies; we don’t need a balanced budget amendment.” If ever any unfolding drama proved the need for such an amendment, the drama of the past week has been it. Leave cuts to Congress and what do you get? CBO-certified gimmicks on both sides — even on the side of one sincerely trying to garner savings, one who says he also “wanted more.”

President Reagan Said in a Speech to the Nation on Federal Budget, 4/29/1982:
As former President Ronald Reagan says in this video, “Most Americans understand the need for a balanced budget and most have seen how difficult it is for the Congress to withstand the pressures to spend more. … We tried the carrot and it failed. With the stick of a balanced budget amendment, we can stop government’s squandering and overtaxing ways and save our economy.”



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"Yes we can" disillusionment is a great opportunity "to convert" liberals!


Two weeks before election day 2008, Professor Ajami made this prediction in his WSJ column:

"The morning after the election, the disappointment will begin to settle upon the Obama crowd. 

Defeat -- by now unthinkable to the devotees -- will bring heartbreak. 

Victory will steadily deliver the sobering verdict that our troubles won't be solved by a leader's magic."

Cheers for the professor!  It's a shame that millions did not read his profound prediction.

I hate to tell you "I told you so" but we did warn the "yes we can screamers" that the presidency is no destination for a charmer with a pretty smile but no executive experience.

Today, we saw a couple of stories about the disillusionment of those who voted for change and got another corrupt Chicago politician:  Obama’s Battleground-State Blues:The president’s national poll numbers aren’t good, but they’re worse in battleground states

We read in this article that Pres BO faces serious challenges in places like Michigan, where Gov Romney leads a head to head poll, and Pennsylvania where they are currently tied.

Bottom line: Pres BO can not be reelected without reliable blue states like Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Beyond "electoral college projections", Pres BO also faces the "he is in over his head" problem.

We suggest that you read Barry Casselman new article:

"When someone is elected president of the United States, they receive, and rightly so, the respect of the office, leeway to make initial mistakes, and time to develop their own plans to resolve national problems. 
Mr. Obama has received these and more, but there is no sign of growth, maturity and political skill as he enters the third year of his presidency.

Time is almost up. I think we have already seen the beginning of the end of a presidency."  

Barry will join us next Monday for a discussion of the article and the Obama presidency.

Don't pop your champagne yet.   Don't print the invitations to the "end of Obama" party on the first Tuesday of November '12.

First, the fight is not over and Pres BO's corrupt clan of Chicago politicians will do whatever it takes to win reelection.  

Don't forget that they will have close to a $ 1 billion and will rent every bus in the country to get their voters to the polls.  

They will also play the "fear card", the "race card", the 'racista card", the "grandma over the cliff card", the "I inherited an impossible situation" card, the "you don't like me because I am different card", the "corporate jet owners vs students card", and every conceivable card that this corrupt Chicago clan can imagine.

Last, but not least, we are within reach of dealing liberalism, and the charlatans who've preached this corrupt and corrosive philosophy, a major blow in 2012.
  
What do we do with all of those "disillusioned yes we can screamers"?  

How about a cup of tea and an invitation to our side?  Most of them are good people who got caught up in a personality cult that promised "hope and change" but has delivered a "nightmare"!

My guess is that there are a lot of potential "recruits for conservatism" out there, i.e. people formerly known as "yes we can" screamers!


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Our chat with David Tyson of Sandler Training!


We spoke with David Tyson of Sandler Training about sales professionals and all of the distractions of summer:

Vacations, kids out of school, 100-degree temperatures in the afternoon, goals, etc.

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A man in deep political trouble plays "the class warfare" card!



What about that "mainstream media" narrative that Pres BO is winning the battle over the debt ceiling debate?

Gallup respectfully disagrees:  Obama's Weekly Job Approval Ties Term Low of 43%

Rasmussen agrees with Gallup:
44%

I think that Pres BO is losing because he's disconnected from reality:

First, the Senate Dem plan does not have taxes and keeps all of those "loopholes" in place.  In other words, the Senate Dems have walked away from Pres BO's "balanced approach" rhetoric.

Second, "class warfare" is not governing.  In fact, "class warfare" is divisive, corrosive and poisons the political dialogue.

Third, Pres BO did not offer a plan of his own.  He spoke for 20 minutes and did not tell us the name of a program that he'd be willing to cut or an actual tax that he'd be willing to increase.  It's all rhetoric without specifics!

Over the next few days, Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Reid will move on with their plans and leave Pres BO behind.  (The WSJ nailed it with their editorial: A leadership default!)


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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A word about the passing of Dan Peek!


We learned today that Dan Peek, one of the original members of AMERICA, passed away.   We don't have many details but he died a couple of days ago.

Back in the 1970's, AMERICA recorded a bunch of Top 10 singles and albums.

The guys had great 3-part harmonies such as The Bee Gees or Crosby Stills & Nash.  They were just great and so much fun to listen to!

The boys grew up in the UK.  Their fathers were US Air Force officers stationed in the UK.  Their mothers were British.  I guess that the US-UK mix was probably a good formula to create a trio of talented pop songwriters and performers.

Dan Peek left AMERICA in the late 1970's and I did not follow the group after that.   However, I was a huge fan when they recorded together.

America's first hit was "A horse with no name", a #1 international hit.  However, my two favorite songs were "Tin Man" and "Ventura Highway":


"Sometimes late when things are real
And people share the gift of gab between themselves
Some are quick to take the bait
And catch the perfect prize that waits among the shelves

But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn't, didn't already have
And Cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad.

So please believe in me
When I say I'm spinning round, round, round, round
Smoke glass stain bright color
Image going down, down, down, down
Soapsuds green like bubbles

Oh, Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn't, didn't already have
And Cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad

So please believe in me
When I say I'm spinning round, round, round, round
Smoke glass stain bright color
Image going down, down, down, down
Soapsuds green like bubbles

No, Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn't, didn't already have
And Cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad

So please believe in me...."



"Chewing on a piece of grass Walking down the road
Tell me, how long you gonna stay here Joe?
Some people say this town don't look
Good in snow You don't care, I know

Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger Than moonshine
You're gonna go I know

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through Your hair
And the days surround your daylight There
Seasons crying no despair Alligator lizards in the air

Wishin' on a falling star Waitin' for the early train
Sorry boy, but I've been hit by Purple rain
Aw, come on Joe, you can always
Change your name Thanks a lot son, just the same

Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger Than moonshine
You're gonna go I know

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through Your hair
And the days surround you daylight There
Seasons crying no despair Alligator lizards in the air...."


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Who told Pres BO that he persuades voters when he goes on TV?


Over the last 30 months, Pres BO has gone on TV to sell BO-Care, to support Democrats in the last election, to get the black vote out or to talk about Libya.

Frankly, it did not work.

BO-Care is a mess and the administration has been forced to issue 1,500 waivers!

Democrats did poorly in the last election.

Pres BO's problem is that he is divisive and does not respect his opponents!  Also, Pres BO's rhetoric can not keep up with his dismal results, from the stimulus that did not stimulate to a health care program that was rushed through Congress without debate.

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It makes me sick to watch Pres BO scare seniors and make false predictions about their checks in August!

For many of us, "Social Security checks" means a retirement supplement for our parents.   My dad paid into the system since he came "legally" to the US in 1964.

Therefore, it is really troubling to hear this administration "rattle the cage" with scary comments about the status of these checks or direct deposits.

wrote a great piece on the subject and it should be sent to anyone currently expecting their direct deposit next week: Contrary to the President, Social Security Checks Are Not At Risk

"As recently explained in much more detail by legal scholars Mark Scarberry and Nancy Altman, and by the aptly-named Thomas Saving, a former public trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, , reaching the debt ceiling will not affect the ability of the Social Security Administration to pay its obligations."

Nobody is going to miss their August or subsequent direct deposits.  Furthermore, Speaker Boehner and the GOP House have made it clear that they will guarantee these direct deposits, a moral compact between our parents and the system.

It won't happen!  It won't be allowed to happen!

Cut the press conferences!  Cut the threats!  Cut the crap! Stop the appalling "scary tactics"!  Drop them immediately!

As indicated before, I would like to see a short term increase in the debt ceiling coupled with spending cuts.  We should do it over and over again until we reduce the federal budget to a more manageable level, such as the 2-3% of GDP that we had under Pres Bush.

In the long run, we should pass a Balanced Budget Amendment and send it to the states for ratification.  I remind that it will probably take 3-4 years for that to happen.  It will have zero impact on these negotiations but will send investors a sign that the US is serious abut dealing with structural problems.

In the past, I've called for Social Security reforms.  We can debate that all day long but no one has ever suggested that current recipients should be impacted by reforms.  Again, these direct deposits are a moral compact between our parents and the system!

Beyond numbers or economic theories, it is pathetic to watch Pres BO scare seniors and make false predictions. 

It makes me sick!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Our Sunday night with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda


We spoke with Bill Katz of Urgent Agenda about Norway, the space program, the debt ceiling debate, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and more bad polls for the Dems.

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Are you planning a trip to Dallas-Ft Worth?


We just got our weekly weather update:

"HEAT ADVISORY THROUGH AT LEAST 8 PM TUESDAY.

TODAY: Mostly sunny skies and very hot, stray shower possible this afternoon mostly east of I-35. High: 104. Winds: SW 5-10.

TONIGHT: Mostly clear skies, warm and muggy again. Low: 82. Winds: S 5-10.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny skies and continued very hot. High: 105. Winds: S/SW 5-15.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear skies. Low: 83. Winds: S 5-10.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny skies, hot and humid. High: 104. Winds: S/SE 5-10."

Translation: Very hot!

What do you do when it's 104 in the afternoon?

First, make sure that you have a bottle of water in your car.  You will need it!

Second, avoid traffic jams if possible.  For example, schedule your first appointment for 7am (breakfast) or 10am.  

Third, avoid traffic between 3-6 pm.  Make sure that you turn this period into "phone time", "research", "study" or you can read my blog.  

Fourth, go jogging early (6am) or after sundown.  I recall jogging at 10pm several summers ago.

Fifth, don't eat heavy food.  You will regret it.

Last, but not least, be positive because you can't fix anything by getting angry!

Enjoy your day! GO RANGERS! They are hotter than our weather, 14-3 and Hamilton is swinging a very hot bat!




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Pres BO is looking a lot like Pres Carter everyday!

Jay Cost has a great analysis about the Obama presidency:

"Carter had promised a government as good as its people, but in his malaise speech he bemoaned the dimming of the country's spirit.

Obama campaigned on changing the way Washington works, and today -- live on national television -- he is venting his frustrations about his inability to change the old processes."

Very good.   They won't like it at The White House!

I remember the 1976 campaign.   I was one of those young volunteers for then Gov Reagan.  I also remember how Pres Ford closed a huge deficit in the polls and it was too close to call by election day.

Like candidate BO, Gov Carter got lucky in the last 30 days of the campaign. 

Obama had the financial crisis that the Dems skillfully blamed on Pres Bush even though the mortgage crisis was a bipartisan mess.

Carter caught a break when Pres Ford misspoke in the last debate about Poland.  It derailed his amazing comeback and gave Carter a very close victory.

Gov Carter ran for president telling a lot of people what they wanted to hear after the Watergate scandal.

Candidate BO told a lot of people what tehy wanted to  hear too, specially the young people who were looking for "hope" and easy answers to complicated problems.

Incredibly, Pres BO in the summer of 2011 is about where Pres Carter in the summer of 1979.

They are both frustrated because governing has turned out to be a lot more complicated than speaking to adoring crowds.

Pres Carter left Washington DC and became synomous with presidential failure.  You won't find a lot of Dems quoting his speeches or praising any of  his accomplishments.  

Will Pres BO meet the same fate?  It's always early to predict but things will get a worse for Pres BO before they get better.

Check out our chat with Bill Katz:


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Sunday, July 24, 2011

"Hope and change" has become a "pesadilla" for Hispanics!


In 2008, Hispanics voted for Pres BO in big numbers.  It was "si se puede" for so many Hispanics, specially Mexican or Mexican Americans.  (I should add that Obama did not as well with Cubans like me, Colombians or other Latino groups in the US)

Our friend, and show guest, Israel Ortega has written a great article about Hispanics and bad economic news:

"Here’s what you won’t hear from the President this weekend when he addresses the largest Latino advocacy organization’s annual conference:

Don't expect Pres BO to mention any of this. 

Worse than that, don't expect the "in the tank for Obama" National Council of La Raza to bring it up.

Pres BO will engage in more "coqueteo" before La Raza and call for immigration reform.  Of course, he won't tell the audience that his party failed to take up the issue when they had a majority.

Pres BO will pull the emotional strings and call for The Dream Act.  Of course, he won't say that 6 Senate Dems killed the proposal last year.

Furthermore, he won't tell the audience that the Dem party refused to take up The Dream Act before the election.  (Then-Speaker Pelosi did not want to force Dems to vote!)

Sadly, "Obama-mania" is alive and well in too many pockets of the Mexican American community.  

We are happy to report that there are cracks in Obama-mania.  There are clearly signs that Hispanics will be more skeptical and actually vote for people who can get things done rather than the guy who tells them what they want to hear!

We call on the GOP to present an alternative argument that is "solution oriented" rather than "emotion based":

1) Temp or Work visas for people who want to work in the US.

2) Let's remind Hispanics that we are the pro-life and the anti-abortion party.

3) We believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

4) We believe that parents should choose schools not the teachers' unions that give money to the Dem party.

A few days ago, we spoke with George Rodriguez of The San Antonio Party. 

George and I are optimistic that Hispanics are coming around and will vote for conservative candidates in bigger numbers in 2012:


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Another intolerable Summer Sunday? Listen to Nat King Cole sing about a Summer Sunday!


I just checked the weather reports and it looks like the summer of 2011 will be a lot like the summer of 1980,

Remember that summer?  We had something like 40-plus days of 100-degree temperatures.

It was hot!  I remember.

Nat King Cole did have a way of singing about summer and Sunday.  Sadly, "That Sunday that summer" turned out to be his last hit.  He died of cancer in 1965.

Nat King Cole gets my vote for one of the best male vocalists ever!

Click for the song, drink a lot of water and enjoy the day by the swimming pool:


"If I had to choose just one day To last my whole life through
It would surely be that Sunday The day that I met you

Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills
Summer was a-coming in but fast
Lots of daffodils were showing off their skills
Nodding all together, I could almost hear them whisper
"Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her"

If I had to choose one moment To live within my heart
It would be that tender moment Recalling how we started
Darling, it would be when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer

(Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills)
(Summer was a-comin' in but fast)
(Lots of daffodils were showin' off their skills)
(Nodding all together, I could almost hear them whisper)
("Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her")

If I had to choose one moment To live within my heart
It would be that tender moment Recalling how we started
Darling, it would be when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer...."


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